As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.
Through the vision and dedication of more than 27,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.
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You’ll find professional development offerings to meet the needs of all special educators – including those of you who are time-crunched, cost-conscious or in need of CEUs in order to meet state obligations. Please join us and invite others to engage the potential!
CEC publishes and distributes products designed to help practitioners work more effectively in the classroom. Learn more about CEC's publications and journals.
Special Education Topics includes information about the different exceptionality areas; international special education; hot topics in special education; and professional practice topics such as assessment, evidence-based practices and inclusion.
Need help? If you don't see what you need in these frequently-asked questions, please contact CEC Customer Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-232-7733. Thank you!
Does CEC have an insurance program?
Yes! CEC offers our members a number of insurance options:
These plans are offered through Forrest T. Jones and Company, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ftj.com/CEC or call 800-821-7303. Identify yourself as a CEC member to qualify for discounted rates.
Call CEC' s Customer Service Center toll free at 888-232-7733, TTY 866-915-5000. Representatives are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. After hours, please leave your name, daytime phone number and a message, and we'll return your call the next business day. Or, e-mail us at email@example.com.
How do I join a special interest division?
CEC members can join as many divisions as they choose. Log into your membership record, select the division(s) you wish to join, and make your payment. If you have less than 3 months remaining on your membership, the system will prompt you to renew your CEC membership as well, and the division(s) will start when your new membership term begins.
Visit the Membership Types tab on this page, which describes the membership types and their benefits.
CEC knows that special education is a profession that attracts people who are dedicated and committed to the field, who seek continuing education and learning opportunities so they can do the best job possible, and who are willing to stand up and work for change and improvement. To learn more, click the Benefits of Membership tab on this page.